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Fitness Trackers Could Get You Stepping More -- Even If You Don't Look at Them

Fitness Trackers Could Get You Stepping More -- Even If You Don`t Look at ThemFRIDAY, Sept. 30, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Wearing a fitness tracker may help you get more steps in -- even if you never give it a glance.A new study found that folks who wore a pedometer averaged 318 more steps a day than those who didn't, even without specific fitness goals or incentives and even if they couldn't see the step count."Humans are hardwired to respond to what is being measured because if it's being measured, it feels like it matters," said study co-author William Tayler, a professor of business at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah."When people go get an Apple Watch or a Fitbit, of course it's going to affect their behavior; they obtained the device with the goal of walking more," he said in a university news release. "But it's helpful for individuals to know that...

Healthy Living Boosts Life Span, Even for Former Smokers

29 September 2022
Healthy Living Boosts Life Span, Even for Former SmokersTHURSDAY, Sept. 29, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Eating well and exercising can make for a longer life, and that holds true for former smokers, too, a new study shows.Researchers found that of nearly 160,000 former smokers, those who exercised, ate healthfully and limited their drinking were less likely to die over the next couple of decades, versus their counterparts with less-healthy habits.It's well known that when smokers kick the habit, the health benefits are huge -- with reduced risks of various cancers, lung disease, heart disease and stroke. But former smokers still have a higher risk of premature death than people who never smoked.The new findings were published Sept. 22 in the journal JAMA Network Open. They suggest they can narrow that gap by making other lifestyle...

Regular Weightlifting Could Lengthen Your Life

28 September 2022
Regular Weightlifting Could Lengthen Your LifeWEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Combining weightlifting with aerobic exercise can significantly lower your odds dying early, especially from heart disease, new research shows.Depending how much weightlifting they did, older adults reduced their risk of premature death by between 9% and 22%, the study found. Moderate or vigorous aerobic exercise lowered the risk by 24% to 34%. The lowest risk, however, was seen among those who did both types of exercise."Current Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommend participation in both aerobic physical activity and muscle strengthening exercise, like weightlifting," said lead researcher Jessica Gorzelitz, of the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics at the U.S. National Cancer Institute.These results show that...

Arm Pain in the Young and Fit: It Could Be a Vascular...

17 September 2022
Arm Pain in the Young and Fit: It Could Be a Vascular DisorderSATURDAY, Sept. 17, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Even being young and athletic doesn't protect against a vascular disorder.People experiencing arm pain may have something called thoracic outlet syndrome, a disease that often strikes patients in their 20s and 30s and has different causes from more typical vascular disease.Some types require only physical therapy to correct, but surgery is considered in more serious cases.Surgeons Dr. Tarik Ali and Dr. Maria Castello Ramirez of Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute in Hershey, Pa. reviewed causes, warning signs, and times when medical attention is needed.Thoracic outlet syndrome affects an area at the base of the neck where there is a bundle of nerves, an artery and a vein. Some people simply don’t have enough room for everything. In...

In Boxers and MMA Fighters, Brain May Make Some Recovery After Retirement

15 September 2022
In Boxers and MMA Fighters, Brain May Make Some Recovery After RetirementTHURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Professional fighters take a lot of knocks to the head, but a new study suggests they may find themselves thinking more clearly again after they retire.Many studies have pointed to the perils of repeated blows to the head in sports like boxing and football. Repetitive head impacts, as researchers call them, can damage the brain and eventually cause problems ranging from dimmed memory and concentration to chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).CTE is an incurable, progressive form of brain degeneration that can cause memory loss, confusion, and mood and behavioral problems like depression, anxiety and aggression. It was first described a century ago in boxers, when it was dubbed "punch drunk syndrome."These days, it's recognized that...

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